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Lake Tahoe Launches Its First Heli-skiing Operation

Pacific Crest Guides in partnership with HeliTahoe is launching Pacific Crest Heli-Guides: Lake Tahoe, Nevada’s first helicopter-ski operation.  Skiers and snowboarders will have access to more than 100,000 acres of privately held land—more than four times the combined terrain of every ski resort around Lake Tahoe.  “We’re really excited about bringing people to runs that […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Vegas, Baby, Vegas

THE GIFT A four-night stay in a two-bedroom villa at the Mansion at MGM Grand for the recipient and three guests. A private tasting with Joël Robuchon in the kitchen of his eponymous restaurant at MGM Grand followed by a 16-course meal in the villa or the restaurant. A round of golf at Shadow Creek. […]

The Robb Reader: Randy Morton

Randy Morton, president and chief operating officer of the Bellagio resort and casino in Las Vegas, has spent 30 years in the hotel business—after giving up his dream at age 17 of becoming a professional hockey player. But even from an early age, Morton showed a penchant for hospitality: When he was 6 years old, […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par: Going Pro

When selecting a pro-am tournament, you should consider the obvious (quality of course, strength of field) and the not-so obvious (three rather than four amateurs per pro, walking and caddies, tee times rather than shotgun starts, additional special events). Individual spots typically cost between $4,000 and $10,000 and may include VIP passes and extra tickets […]

Sports: Going to Extremes

As we hovered over Paradise Peak—a 9,800-foot summit 25 miles west of Sun Valley, Idaho—my guide, Lel Tone, assured me that I would have no problem skiing the waist-deep powder below us. I have skied black-diamond-rated mountains throughout the world, but I rode chairlifts to the tops of all those groomed slopes; this was my […]

Vacation Homes: One for the Generations

With nine children, 56 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, Jon and Karen Huntsman know all about family. They also have a good sense of what today’s families need: a place devoid of crowds, electronic gadgets, and other distractions, where children, parents, and grandparents can spend quality time together. Such is the philosophy behind Huntsman Springs, the […]

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Gets Even Better

As a result of an extensive renovation, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas—arguably the Lone Star State’s best hotel—just got even better. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has combined efforts with interior designer Michael Booth of San Francisco–based firm BAMO to freshen the look of the 30-year-old hotel’s lobby and 143 rooms and suites. […]

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

Princeville reclaimed its spot as Kauai’s top resort when it reopened under the St. Regis banner. Great hiking, surfing, and other outdoor sports make Kauai the best Hawaiian island for adventurous types, but Princeville balances the area’s rugged reputation with more leisurely offerings such as a new spa and two golf courses. Accommodations need Dining […]

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

A great bet for families, especially given the wealth of Recreational activities on Maui. Kapalua itself offers a range of beach and water sports, golf on some of Hawaii’s best courses, mountain zip-line tours, and more. Like the Mauna Kea, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua recently completed a major (and much-needed) renovation, and is now better than […]

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